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Abelia x grandiflora 'Variegata' is a delightful variety of the hardy old favourite Abelia. It has green leaves with broad white edges, and the new growth is pink under the right conditions, making it a colourful garden addition year round. It naturally grows with a rounded habit and has masses of small white flowers in spring, summer and autumn which are butterfly attracting. It grows to around a metre high and wide, making it a good informal hedging plant. It can also be trimmed to shape for a more formal look. Grow in full sun to part shade, and is best in well drained soil. Feed in spring with a handful of complete fertiliser.
Flower colour: White
Flowering season: spring summer autumn
Maximum height: 1.2 metres
Minimum height: 1 metres
Maximum width: 1.2 metres
Minimum width: 1 metres
This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.
Yes. Attracts: Butterflies.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical.
Loam: moist, well-drained.
Planting season: Any.
Types of fertiliser: All purpose fertiliser.